Last month at the Moose Camp, I gave a short talk on high-end compact cameras. I whipped it up in a few minutes, made a links page, and the whole thing was well under ten minutes. It was fun. It turns out that Bruce Sharpe was in the audience with a video camera, and he polished up and published it under the title Northern Voice 2008: Best Compact Cameras. The quality is remarkable, particularly when you consider that the whole exercise cost Bruce approximately nothing. If anyone reading this is interested in a point-&-shoot with pretensions, they might find it useful. But here’s what’s interesting: in a world infested with videobloggers, any public utterance, no matter how off-the-cuff, is, potentially, an audiovisual publication. A permanent one.



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From: Mark (Mar 13 2008, at 09:13)

I don't believe you've ever mentioned the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2. This seems like a really good compromise to me if you want RAW, reasonably wide angle, and small.

RAW supported by Aperture 2, 28 mm lens for a native 16:9 sensor (a bit less for cropped 4:3, etc.), as fast as f2.8, 1/2000, ISO 100 to 3200, optical image stabilizer, and for HDR autobracketing over 3 frames with 1 stop difference, 106 x 56 x 26 mm (plus poking out lens), 187 grams, and joystick control for exposure compensation.

And they're only $200 used on Yahoo Auction in Japan (perhaps an LX3 is coming out soon).

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From: Bruce Sharpe (Mar 13 2008, at 22:54)

Hey! "*infested* with videobloggers"? :)

I'm not sure the permanence is so very different from other kinds of reporting in traditional media, but the number of reporters is now definitely up.

In any case, it is interesting to note that today alone about four times as many people got to see your presentation as were able to be in the room at the time. I expect that the total number will be at least 20x before interest dies down. Seems like a good thing.

Bruce

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